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Orthorexia: When 'Clean Eating' Goes Too Far

A form of eating disorder known as orthorexia is an obsession with eating healthy foods.

December 10, 2018 - 12:53 pm
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Wanting to clean up your eating habits can only be good for you, right? In some cases, that's not true.

An eating disorder known as orthorexia is an obsession with eating healthy foods. Even though it sounds like a positive option, it can eventually lead to health issues.

Psychologist Kasey Goodpaster said eliminating a food group "can lead to malnutrition (and) there is more emotional distress and anxiety that can be caused from this."

Those with orthorexia "may also feel a sense of entitlement or supriority," something that shows itself on social media.

“So they will post photos of their food and it’s meticulously placed and they are making sure that it is biologically ‘pure’ and again it is very rigid and fixated,” said Sara Santarossa of the University of Windsor.

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